The Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

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    Capella Sistina (2)

    by machomikemd Written May 20, 2016

    part two of my tips with more stolen shots of the Sistine Chapel.

    The Capella Sisitan (Sistine Chapel) is the most famous Attraction of Vatican City and is closely followed by Saint Peter's Basilica. Besides being the Site of the Papal Conclave where the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church elect a Pope after a Pope's Death, This Chapel holds the
    magnificent frescoes made by Michaelangelo Buonarotti and particular pictures of the frescoes and the infamous Biagio de Cesena ( A bishop that was an emeny of Michaelangelo) depicted as Minos with donkey ears was being bitten in the genitalia by a coiled snake.

    The Chapel was completed in 1481 and takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Besides the most Famous Frescoes Called The Last Judgement made by Michaelangelo Buonarotti, the chapel also holds frescoes on the side ceilings made by Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Roselli and other Artists and hence you would have a feeling of Grandeur while viewing these wonderful priceless frescoes and Paintings at the chapel.

    no picture taking is allowed in the Sistine chapel whatsoever (I did manage to sneak a few pictures though).

    Tickets to the Vatican Museums can be purchased online in advance or at their ticket counters along the entrance in Viale Vaticano (or Near the Sistine Chapel).

    admission price:

    adults and children: 16 euros per person (including Sistine chapel)

    Hours:

    9:00 am to 4:00 pm everyday (entrance, but the museum closes at 6 pm).

    closed during:

    Sunday (except the last Sunday of every month, free entrance from 9 am to 12.30 pm; the Museums close at 2 pm unless it coincides with Easter Sunday, the 29th of June (St. Peter and Paul), 25th and 26th of December (Christmas and St. Stephen)

    January 1, 6
    February 11
    February 22
    March 19, 28
    June 29 (St. Peter and Paul)
    August 15
    November 1
    December 8, 26

    Address: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma, Italy

    Directions: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma, Italy

    Phone: +39 06 6988 3332

    Address: Citta Vaticano, 00120, Vatican City

    Directions: Citta Vaticano, 00120, Vatican City

    Phone: +39 06 6988 3332

    Website: http://www.museivaticani.va/

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    Capella Sistina (1)

    by machomikemd Written May 20, 2016

    The Capella Sisitan (Sistine Chapel) is the most famous Attraction of Vatican City and is closely followed by Saint Peter's Basilica. Besides being the Site of the Papal Conclave where the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church elect a Pope after a Pope's Death, This Chapel holds the
    magnificent frescoes made by Michaelangelo Buonarotti and particular pictures of the frescoes and the infamous Biagio de Cesena ( A bishop that was an emeny of Michaelangelo) depicted as Minos with donkey ears was being bitten in the genitalia by a coiled snake.

    The Chapel was completed in 1481 and takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Besides the most Famous Frescoes Called The Last Judgement made by Michaelangelo Buonarotti, the chapel also holds frescoes on the side ceilings made by Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Roselli and other Artists and hence you would have a feeling of Grandeur while viewing these wonderful priceless frescoes and Paintings at the chapel.

    no picture taking is allowed in the Sistine chapel whatsoever (I did manage to sneak a few pictures though).

    Tickets to the Vatican Museums can be purchased online in advance or at their ticket counters along the entrance in Viale Vaticano (or Near the Sistine Chapel).

    admission price:

    adults and children: 16 euros per person (including Sistine chapel)

    Hours:

    9:00 am to 4:00 pm everyday (entrance, but the museum closes at 6 pm).

    closed during:

    Sunday (except the last Sunday of every month, free entrance from 9 am to 12.30 pm; the Museums close at 2 pm unless it coincides with Easter Sunday, the 29th of June (St. Peter and Paul), 25th and 26th of December (Christmas and St. Stephen)

    January 1, 6
    February 11
    February 22
    March 19, 28
    June 29 (St. Peter and Paul)
    August 15
    November 1
    December 8, 26

    Address: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma, Italy

    Directions: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma, Italy

    Phone: +39 06 6988 3332

    Website: http://www.museivaticani.va/

    Address: Citta Vaticano, 00120, Vatican City

    Directions: Citta Vaticano, 00120, Vatican City

    Phone: +39 06 6988 3332

    Website: http://www.museivaticani.va/

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    Magnificent Walkways

    by machomikemd Written May 20, 2016

    going to the Sistine Chapel from Saint Peter's Basilica means passing through a network of Passageways with wonderful Ceiling Frescoes and various Tapestries along the route after which you would then see the Grandeur of the world famous Chapel.

    admission price:

    adults and children: 16 euros per person (including Sistine chapel)

    Hours:

    9:00 am to 4:00 pm everyday (entrance, but the museum closes at 6 pm).

    closed during:

    Sunday (except the last Sunday of every month, free entrance from 9 am to 12.30 pm; the Museums close at 2 pm unless it coincides with Easter Sunday, the 29th of June (St. Peter and Paul), 25th and 26th of December (Christmas and St. Stephen)

    January 1, 6
    February 11
    February 22
    March 19, 28
    June 29 (St. Peter and Paul)
    August 15
    November 1
    December 8, 26

    Address: Citta Vaticano, 00120, Vatican City

    Directions: Citta Vaticano, 00120, Vatican City

    Phone: +39 06 6988 3332

    Website: http://www.museivaticani.va/

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

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    Courtyard Beside Sistine Chapel

    by machomikemd Written May 20, 2016

    the Courtyard Beside the Sistine Chapel and the northern Border of the Saint Peter's Basilica has a mice fountain and some statues of Famous Saints and also many tourist converge to hang around and wait for their friends before proceeding to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum Tours.

    admission price:

    adults and children: 16 euros per person (including Sistine chapel)

    Hours:

    9:00 am to 4:00 pm everyday (entrance, but the museum closes at 6 pm).

    closed during:

    Sunday (except the last Sunday of every month, free entrance from 9 am to 12.30 pm; the Museums close at 2 pm unless it coincides with Easter Sunday, the 29th of June (St. Peter and Paul), 25th and 26th of December (Christmas and St. Stephen)

    January 1, 6
    February 11
    February 22
    March 19, 28
    June 29 (St. Peter and Paul)
    August 15
    November 1
    December 8, 26

    Address: Citta Vaticano, 00120, Vatican City

    Directions: Citta Vaticano, 00120, Vatican City

    Phone: +39 06 6988 3332

    Website: http://www.museivaticani.va/

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    • Religious Travel
    • Archeology

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    The Tapestry

    by solopes Updated Mar 23, 2016

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    The Sistine Chapel is a carpet of heads, all with noses facing up.

    For two reasons it's a marvel of physics: First, you don't walk on the carpet, but inside it; second, the collection of hundred of silences becomes a sort of thunder sometimes called "a rumour". And don't worry about getting lost in the carpet, or finding a way out - the carpet works so perfectly that you will be expelled without noticing it.

    P.S. - I forgot to tell you that if you look up and around, you may see many paintings of some skilled guys, named Michelangelo, Botticelli, and other. They only reproduce many known posters easy to buy in the market, but with their good technique, I think they will have a future.

    P.S.2 - I forgot to tell you how to go: early in the morning search for a huge line of people in (or near) a country called Vaticano. If you see a big church at the far end of the line, forget it. That's the wrong line. Move some meters to your right and enter the other line.

    P.S.3 - It's forbidden to make pictures (irrelevant prohibition, because inside the human carpet no one can raise the hands to hold a camera) , so I had to pick some among the millions available in the net. I hope that Human Heritage is beyond copyright laws.

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    Squeeze in

    by Assenczo Updated Apr 23, 2015

    One thing to avoid is visiting the Sistine Chapel during school holidays. The famous frescoes of Michelangelo are drawing crowds 24/7 and make the walls of this solemn place reverberate with the voices of the multitudes. What surpasses even this unfortunate situation is the times when the future of Europe in the form of schoolchildren are freshly dismissed from the classrooms to go and see the "original" they have just learned about and cannot hold their excitement. Everybody is cramped into the small space of the chapel hardly able to breathe and some practically having a fit of nausea from the deafening noise but hey, they can say that they have seen the "creation" in its full splendour... or almost. The unfortunate choice of painting material by Leonardo when doing his version of the "Last Supper" in Milan made it vulnerable to the humidity generated by human breathing and thus a strict regime of control over the number of people visiting at the same time is in place. Too bad Sistine Chapel and its management cannot afford this approach.

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    Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel's Ceiling

    by Sienlu Written Oct 1, 2014

    Getting into that room is like an out of body experience. It's spectacular and thinking that Michelangelo worked on his back for 4 years is just amazing to me.

    He painted it from 1508 til 1512 under the reign of Pope Julius II, it's a large Chapel built within the Vatican Museums. The many paintings include :
    The Last Judgement
    The Book of Genesis
    The Creation of Adam.

    I apologize for the not very clear pictures but it is forbidden to use a flash, actually we were not allowed to take pictures at all. I just had to sneak one or 2 in ;)

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    Up Close and Personal at the Sistine Chapel

    by riorich55 Written Mar 26, 2013

    You can't take pictures in the Sistine Chapel, although some people do sneak them in. But this is a good way to have a look up close and personal.

    http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html

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    Sistine Chapel

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 2, 2012

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    Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace. It is famous for its architecture and its decoration that was frescoed throughout by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others.
    Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 1,100 m2 (12,000 sq ft) of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. The ceiling, and especially The Last Judgment (1535–1541), is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement in painting.

    You can watch my 1 min 50 sec Video Rome Vatican Museums part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    A few rants on taking pictures

    by Tijavi Written Sep 10, 2010

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    Perhaps more famous than the St Peter's Basilica itself, the Sistene Chapel is arguably the Vatican City's biggest single attraction. The chapel could be accessed through the labyrinthine Vatican Museums - serving as the highlight of the visit at the end of the tour. Some tourists skip the museum altogether - sacrilegious, if you ask me (and no pun intended) - and head directly to the chapel.

    All throughout the museum, the Vatican City authorities have an enlightened policy on taking pictures - tourists are allowed to take photos provided there is no flash. But this does not apply to the Sistene Chapel. Over a dozen, and perhaps even more, overzealous museum personnel make sure this policy is strictly followed, although not perfectly, with some occasional flashes escaping their watchful eyes.

    I don't see any reason why they can't allow flashless photography of the frescoes for tourists' memento? It's not that Michelangelo's masterpieces are top secret - one could easily find them in internet and in books! How could harmless tourist souvenirs spoil the frescoes?

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    The Sistine Chapel

    by micas_pt Written May 11, 2010

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    I guess that in every visitor's mind is the Sistine Chapel. And we were no exception. :)

    So, we tryed to arrive there as soon as we could. I confess that I have mixed feelings about it.

    Whilst in all the Museum you may use your camera at ease, here you can't. The notice isn't clear, as I saw it as if I couldn't use the flash (which is the usual!). So I held my camera and immediately a guard told me not to do so. So, keep in mind that you can't shoot the chapel, but a lot of people around you will be doing it. Neverthless, I didn't delete the photo I had already shoot, so here it is. :)

    Also, as this is the main attraction of the Museum everybody concentrates here, making it a confusing, crowded and noisy room, not exactly what I had imagined, ... Along the visit, the guards remind people to keep quiet and to rush, as supposedly you can't stop for a long time, just walk by it.

    By now, everybody knows that it was painted by Michelangelo, that when the Pope dyes bishops gather inside to vote and elect a new Pope so I won't be further detailing it, as there are excellent VT tips with historic information.

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    The Sistine Chapel

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Dec 29, 2008

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    This place is FULL of people; the reason?? Because another masterpiece by Michelangelo: The Last Judgement and the Creation of Adam. Unfortunatelly pictures are not allowed but if you are a skilled tourist, you can have a picture without being noticed! Good luck!

    PS: here you'll suffer of torticollis too so, prepare your neck!

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    Michaelangelo's masterpiece

    by nyonnetti Written Nov 22, 2008

    It was hard to believe when were there that we were actually looking at the amazing Sistine Chapel. It is a must-see sight and worth dedicating some of time to sit and just look at it a while.
    No photos allowed, but we did sneak one without flash.

    Website: http://mv.vatican.va/StartNew_EN.html

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    The best combination of art and religion

    by muratkorman Updated Oct 10, 2008

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    It took 4 years for Michelangelo to complete the ceiling of Sistine Chapel. The result is a masterpiece which awes everybody who has been there. It is one of the most popular part of Vatican and it is not easy to keep the visitors quiet. You will hear "Silenzio!!!" warnings from the attendants. Take your time and sit down on the floor watching the fantastic ceiling. Photography is forbidden, but use your chances if you can. You can view the short video I took inside Sistine Chapel.

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    Sistine Chapel

    by stevemt Written Sep 2, 2008

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    You are not allowed to take photos here, so that is why I dont have any with this tip.

    This place is un-real. To see all the beautiful art work restored. (there is a tiny insignificent section un restored so that you can see the difference.)

    DONT MISS THIS

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